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Kumar Wins Labasa Oratory Contest

Discrimination remains a thick barrier that must be shattered, says Manish Kumar, a Year 12 student of Shiri Guru Nanak Khalsa College during the oratory contest at Labasa yesterday. Kumar,
11 Sep 2015 12:16
Kumar Wins Labasa Oratory Contest
Soroptimist International Fiji Labasa Group members with their president Pushpa Singh (fifth from left) with oratory contest judge Iva Chand (fourth from left) handover the first prize award to Manish Kumar (third from the left) of Shiri Guruk Nanak Khalsa College in Labasa yesterday. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Discrimination remains a thick barrier that must be shattered, says Manish Kumar, a Year 12 student of Shiri Guru Nanak Khalsa College during the oratory contest at Labasa yesterday.

Kumar, 17, of Waiqele, is the deputy headboy of the school.

He won the first prize which was donated by Soroptimist International (SI) Fiji Labasa Branch.

He spoke on the theme, ‘Make it happen, actions for

advancing or recognising women; realise the value for women and respect them.’

“I am happy, excited and satisfied in relaying my thoughts and opinion on the theme,” Kumar said.

“A woman’s visibility on national, regional and international human rights media platforms and conferences often win her recognition, rather than her small scale daily activism challenging patriarchal religious and cultural norms and attitudes that subordinates, stigmatise and restrict women’s potential to thrive,” he said in his oratory speech.

“Empowered women and girls are the best hope for sustainable development following conflict.

“They are the best drivers of growth, the best hope for reconciliation and the best buffer against radicalisation of youth and the repetition of cycles of violence,” he said.

He thanked his teachers, family and friends for helping him prepare his speech within two days.

SI Fiji Labasa branch president Puspha Singh said they supported the contest because it coincided with the national Library Week celebration and also to support the Prime Minister’s call for improvement of English in Fiji.

“We are a global voice for women and that is the reason the theme was based on women,” Ms Singh said.

She said it was an open oratory contest where each student from Year 9 to Year 13 of the school participated.

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